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Old 07-17-2009, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Independent World MMA Rankings: July 2009

Well, the post UFC 100 rankings are in. I'm sure the changes will be far more drastic in August, given that there are so many events, but these are the numbers at the moment.

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July 17, 2009: The July 2009 Independent World MMA Rankings have been released. These rankings are independent of any single MMA media outlet or sanctioning body, and are published on multiple web sites. Some of the best and most knowledgeable MMA writers from across the MMA media landscape have come together to form one independent voting panel.

These voting panel members are, in alphabetical order: Zach Arnold (FightOpinion); Nicholas Bailey (MMA Ratings); Jared Barnes (Houston Chronicle); Jordan Breen (Sherdog); Jim Genia (Full Contact Fighter, MMA Memories, and MMA Journalist Blog); Jesse Holland (MMA Mania); Robert Joyner (MMA Payout); Todd Martin (CBS Sportsline); Zac Robinson (Sports by the Numbers MMA); Leland Roling (Bloody Elbow); Michael David Smith (AOL Fanhouse); Jonathan Snowden (Author of “Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting”); Joshua Stein (MMA Opinion), Ivan Trembow (Freelance); and Dave Walsh (Total MMA).

The rankings are tabulated on a monthly basis in each of the top seven weight classes of MMA, from heavyweight to bantamweight, with fighters receiving ten points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second-place vote, and so on.

The rankings are based purely on the votes of the members of the voting panel, with nobody’s vote counting more than anybody else’s vote, and no computerized voting.

The voters are instructed to vote primarily based on fighters’ actual accomplishments in the cage/ring (the quality of opposition that they’ve actually beaten), not based on a broad, subjective perception of which fighters would theoretically win fantasy match-ups.

Special thanks to Eric Kamander, Zach Arnold, and Joshua Stein for their invaluable help with this project, and special thanks to Garrett Bailey for designing our logo. (Rankings and criteria below the fold)

Inactivity: Fighters who have not fought in the past 12 months are not eligible to be ranked, and will regain their eligibility the next time they fight.

Disciplinary Suspensions: Fighters who are currently serving disciplinary suspensions are not eligible to be ranked.

Changing Weight Classes: When a fighter announces that he is leaving one weight class in order to fight in another weight class, the fighter is not eligible to be ranked in the new weight class until he has his first fight in the new weight class.

Catch Weight Fights: When fights are contested at weights that are in between the limits of the various weight classes, they are considered to be in the higher weight class. The weight limits for each weight class are listed at the top of the rankings for each weight class.

July 2009 Independent World MMA Rankings
Ballots collected on July 14, 2009

Heavyweight Rankings (206 to 265 lbs.)

1. Fedor Emelianenko (30-1, 1 No Contest)
2. Brock Lesnar (4-1)
3. Josh Barnett (24-5)
4. Frank Mir (12-4)
5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1, 1 No Contest)
6. Randy Couture (16-9)
7. Alistair Overeem (29-11, 1 No Contest)
8. Shane Carwin (11-0)
9. Brett Rogers (10-0)
10. Andrei Arlovski (15-7)

Light Heavyweight Rankings (186 to 205 lbs.)
1. Lyoto Machida (15-0)
2. Quinton Jackson (30-7)
3. Rashad Evans (13-1-1)
4. Forrest Griffin (16-5)
5. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (18-3)
6. Rich Franklin (25-4, 1 No Contest)
7. Keith Jardine (14-5-1)
8. Dan Henderson (25-7)
9. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8)
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (17-3)

Middleweight Rankings (171 to 185 lbs.)
1. Anderson Silva (24-4)
2. Yushin Okami (23-4)
3. Dan Henderson (25-7)
4. Nathan Marquardt (28-8-2)
5. Demian Maia (10-0)
6. Jorge Santiago (21-7)
7. Robbie Lawler (16-5, 1 No Contest)
8. Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1)
9. Vitor Belfort (18-8)
10. Thales Leites (14-2)

Welterweight Rankings (156 to 170 lbs.)
1. Georges St. Pierre (19-2)
2. Jon Fitch (19-3, 1 No Contest)
3. Thiago Alves (16-4)
4. Jake Shields (23-4-1)
5. Matt Hughes (43-7)
6. Josh Koscheck (12-4)
7. Martin Kampmann (15-2)
8. Mike Swick (14-2)
9. Carlos Condit (22-5)
10. Paulo Thiago (11-1)

Lightweight Rankings (146 to 155 lbs.)
1. B.J. Penn (13-5-1)
2. Kenny Florian (11-3)
3. Shinya Aoki (20-4, 1 No Contest)
4. Eddie Alvarez (17-2)
5. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2)
7. Diego Sanchez (21-2)
8. Frankie Edgar (10-1)
9. Gray Maynard (7-0, 1 No Contest)
10. Satoru Kitaoka (25-8-9)

Featherweight Rankings (136 to 145 lbs.)
1. Mike Brown (22-4)
2. Urijah Faber (22-3)
3. Wagnney Fabiano (12-1)
4. Jose Aldo (15-1)
5. Hatsu Hioki (19-3-2)
6. Leonard Garcia (12-4)
7. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (16-3)
8. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (19-6-2)
9. Raphael Assuncao (13-1)
10. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (17-2)

Bantamweight Rankings (126 to 135 lbs.)

1. Miguel Torres (37-1)
2. Brian Bowles (7-0)
3. Takeya Mizugaki (11-3-2)
4. Masakatsu Ueda (9-0-2)
5. Joseph Benavidez (10-0)
6. Akitoshi Tamura (14-7-2)
7. Will Ribeiro (10-2)
8. Rani Yahya (14-4)
9. Damacio Page (11-4)
10. Manny Tapia (10-2-1)
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Finally, some rankings I can agree on it. My biggest beef is that Henderson is below Jardine.. but whatever, most of this is pretty spot on IMO.
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Finally, some rankings I can agree on it. My biggest beef is that Henderson is below Jardine.. but whatever, most of this is pretty spot on IMO.
I don't like that Hendo is below Jardine and Franklin (who he beat). But fourteen other guys vote, too, and most of them think Franklin and Jardine are better.

Dammit.

Still, these rankings come together really well, and if you only have a beef with one, then that's a f*cking miracle.
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Good rankings as always, IronMan. A couple of things though (these are all my opinion, and everyone is entitled to there own opinions, right?):

Even though Brock is UFC Heavyweight champion, I'm not that keen on him being #2, above Josh Barnett, with only 5 fights.

Even though this conflicts with my previous problem, Arlovski is on the end of a two match losing streak, and there are more deserving people for the #10 spot IMO, such as Cheick Kongo, or Cain Velasquez.

Apart from this, the list is pretty solid and well put together IMO.

EDIT: Oh, and Yamamoto at #10 in the Featherweight division plagues me.
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Henderson was on the list at 205 and 185 but Franklin on the list at just 205 and above Hendo?
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Good rankings as always, IronMan. A couple of things though (these are all my opinion, and everyone is entitled to there own opinions, right?):

Even though Brock is UFC Heavyweight champion, I'm not that keen on him being #2, above Josh Barnett, with only 5 fights.

Even though this conflicts with my previous problem, Arlovski is on the end of a two match losing streak, and there are more deserving people for the #10 spot IMO, such as Cheick Kongo, or Cain Velasquez.

Apart from this, the list is pretty solid and well put together IMO.

EDIT: Oh, and Yamamoto at #10 in the Featherweight division plagues me.
I agree with you about Barnett and KID (I was one of the only people who ranked Joe Warren, though many still think Chase Beebe is a top guy).

As far as Andrei dropping off, I think that Andrei is certainly better than both Kongo and Velasquez. I don't really see how Cain can be a top ranked heavyweight, personally, and I'm glad he's not.


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Henderson was on the list at 205 and 185 but Franklin on the list at just 205 and above Hendo?
Yeah, this bugs me too, but there are a lot of people who are just thinking of Hendo as a 185er right now (he jumped two spots from last month in that division, and his ranking at 205 stayed the same).
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brock lesnar may have only had 5 fights but they were all big names in the heavyweight division and he avenged his only loss.
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brock lesnar may have only had 5 fights but they were all big names in the heavyweight division and he avenged his only loss.
Barnett has twenty-nine fights (six times as many wins as Brock), many wins over better fighters than Brock has fought. But Brock is the UFC champ, so he's the #2 guy, whether I like it or not. He dominated Mir, and that's what he needed to do.

If Barnett wants to move up, he needs to either beat or (more realistically) be very competitive against Fedor.
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Barnett has twenty-nine fights (six times as many wins as Brock), many wins over better fighters than Brock has fought. But Brock is the UFC champ, so he's the #2 guy, whether I like it or not. He dominated Mir, and that's what he needed to do.

If Barnett wants to move up, he needs to either beat or (more realistically) be very competitive against Fedor.
i agree with that. they need to go back to wwe style lock josh, fedor and brock in the octogon and see who wins.

prediction. Brock by double choke slam in the 2nd round.
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Not bad overall, the one that jumps out at me is Jake Shields at 4 in WW. I simply don't think his level of competition is high enough to warrant 4th, and I think there are several guys below him who would beat him easily, but overall, good list.
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